I put a candle as the graphic for this review as a memorial for everyone who died and is dying today for lack of medical care. Sadly enough, I am among those who are ill and require extensive medical care that I cannot afford. While I do receive most of my medication, there are many I cannot get access to because of the changes in the Medicare program and that joke they call Medicare Part D prescription plan. What good is a prescription plan when one cannot get access to life-saving medications?
In the United States, it is illegal for anyone to commit murder or for a person to commit suicide. It is illegal for anyone to assist another in committing suicide. If you do not believe me, ask Dr. Kevorkian who is in prison now for helping terminally ill, suffering people who want to end their lives.
The United States, as proven by Michael Moore’s documentary SICKO, is guilty of genocide, suicide, and homicide by proxy. Without access to healthcare, medication, and proper education the United States will fall. Already, this country is falling behind in educating our youth, caring for our sick, disciplining children, and the jails are full of people who never had the opportunity for a life.
I have a hereditary eye disease that leaves me legally blind in addition to problems with my optic nerves. This is a problem I did not cause nor did I want. I have two autoimmune diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s Disease. I have joint disease as a result of the autoimmune diseases as well as severe arthritis. My husband has juvenile diabetes and is insulin-dependent. Each time he or I contact a healthcare salesperson, the moment one of us mentions diabetes, lupus, or eye disease the line goes dead. The healthcare insurance salesperson hands up the phone. We are collateral damage just as many other citizens in our country.
In this day and age, there is no reason why anybody should have to choose between housing, utilities, groceries, medication, and the right to live yet it happens every day in this country and I am sick of it.
I commend Michael Moore for bringing this subject to the front lines where everyone can see what is truly happening to this country. What good is “the United States having the best technological advances in the world” when nobody except the richest of the rich can afford it? This country is long overdue for a revolution.
It is time for the American public to demand our congressional leaders get off their backsides and begin doing their jobs to make this a country of, by, and for the people. It is time we tell congress and the White House Administration in one voice, “WE DEMANDUNIVERSALHEALTHCARE! WE DEMANDACCESS TO REASONABLEMEDICATION! WE DEMANDACCESS TO EDUCATION!”
As Americans, this is OUR country and it is time we take it back from the greedmongers who are corrupting this country and killing its citizens by refusing to allow access to education and healthcare. The buck has to stop somewhere. I only hope SICKO will shake this country out of apathy and make the public think about what we deserve and what we can have if only we stand together and demand it.
Watch SICKO. I highly recommend it. However, be warned you will need tissues to cry for the ones who died and are dying. You will need a pillow to scream into or a baseball bat with a pole or punching bag somewhere to vent the frustration and anger at a government that cares more for lobbyists for pharmaceutical companies and healthcare insurance agencies than the public who put them into office.